Many people wonder why their back hurts. A common complaint of lower back pain is that it starts with a nagging sensation and then becomes more severe over time. This article will explore the mechanisms behind this complaint and will help you understand how to best deal with lower back pain. In addition, you will learn about the common causes of lower back pain and how to treat them.
Why Does My Back Hurt?
It is not normal to feel pain in your back. You might have some physical issues like a spine injury, slipped disc, or lower back pain. These are common causes of back pain and can be treated by an expert like Dr. James Dalfino of Connecticut Disc and Laser Therapy Centers in Shelton CT.
There are many different treatments for back pain but it depends on the cause of the problem as well as severity. It is important to go through a proper diagnosis process before any treatment will be given because this will help you know what exactly needs to be done to get rid of your symptoms. The most effective way of treating your back pain is with non-surgical methods which include physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture, and massage therapy among others.
These are natural ways of curing the problem without having to resort to surgery.
Types of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is the most common type of pain that patients suffer from. Lower back pain can be caused by several reasons such as bad posture, stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, and even a number of medical conditions.
The symptoms of lower back pain are different for every patient but usually include the following:
Pain in the lower back region
Pain around the tailbone or sacrum
Numbness in the legs and feet
Difficulty walking or standing up straight
While there are many other symptoms that accompany lower back pain, these are some of the most common ones. These symptoms should not be ignored as they could potentially worsen if left untreated. Many people experience chronic lower back pain without realizing it which is why it’s important to take note when experiencing them so you can find a doctor who can help alleviate your symptoms as soon as possible. If you have any questions about this article or any other related topic, please feel free to contact us! We’re always here to help! 🙂
What Causes Low Back Pain?
Low back pain is the most common reason for people to visit their doctor. The causes of low back pain are numerous and include, but are not limited to:
* Weak core muscles – lack of muscle strength can lead to poor posture which in turn can cause low back pain.
* Repetitive movement – standing up too often, lifting heavy objects, or a job that requires a lot of bending over all day can put a strain on your lower back.
* Herniated discs – a small bulge or tear in the outer layer of a disc can lead to pressure on nerves that run through the spine causing numbness and tingling sensations along with intense pain.
* Degenerative disc disease – as we age, our discs start to lose their ability to cushion the spinal cord which leads to inflammation and degeneration. This condition may be caused by previous injuries or from repetitive motion over time leading up to this point.
In order for you not only to find relief from your current symptoms but also prevent future ones, you should do some exercise regularly including strengthening exercises such as squats and lunges which will help improve overall muscle tone throughout your body as well as support your spine properly while maintaining good posture at all times!
Who’s at Risk of Back Pain?
* Back pain occurs in approximately 15% of the U.S. population and is much more common in overweight individuals regardless if they currently exercise regularly or not thus reducing their overall risk factor for back issues!
* Senior citizens (65+ years) are at a much greater risk especially when it comes to degenerative disc disease where damaged discs can lead to micro-fractures…then what? Let’s find out by looking at each one briefly.
* Osteoporosis is a condition that happens when calcium begins to leach out of our bones to be replaced by water or other substances resulting in loss of structure which weakens the skeletal system considerably after about the age 4th decade’s 65).
* Men are more likely than women at around two times greater risk for back pain especially if they are obese and have an inactive lifestyle that inhibits their overall well being including being more sedentary while performing the same sorts of motions over and over again due to their desk jobs.
* Those who are prone towards sitting for extended periods of time, have a history of having lower back pain, or have some sort of bone trauma on or before their actual joints can increase this risk factor greatly so it is important that you obtain an x-ray.
* Back pain can be associated with sciatica although the majority of times it is not actually diagnosed as a degenerative disc disease but rather an arch strain.
How To Prevent Lower Back Pain?
The best way to prevent back pain is to have good posture. This can be achieved by sitting correctly, not slouching, and keeping your weight evenly distributed on both buttocks. It is also important to know that although everyone has a different body structure, all people can experience back pain in some form or another.
As a whole, the majority of us are at risk of back pain. The reason is that we all sit down for long periods of time, and have an unhealthy lifestyle. So if you don’t want to experience back pain or other forms of chronic pain, then here are some things that you can do to help prevent it:
1. Get up from your desk every 30 minutes and stretch. This will help strengthen your muscles so they don’t become weak from sitting too much.
2. Take a walk around the block or go for a short jog every day. Even 5-10 minutes is good enough for this!
3. Do some simple exercises like pushups, pull-ups, squats, and planks to strengthen your core muscles which support your spine and prevent strain on it in the first place!
4. If you feel any soreness in your lower back or hips while sitting at work or school (which happens more often than not), try taking breaks when possible instead of continuing on with the task at hand (you’ll be surprised how quickly it goes away).
5. Make sure that you’re sleeping properly by avoiding caffeine late into the night – try drinking tea with no caffeine before bedtime to ensure that you sleep well!
6 . Pay attention to what foods are affecting your health in terms of digestion/metabolism (yes carbs = sugar = belly fat). Switching up certain foods can really make a difference when it comes to managing inflammation throughout our bodies – especially with digestion issues!
When to Call the Doctor for Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is a common health issue that affects people in all age groups. This is because the spine has become more flexible, causing it to bend or twist. It can also be caused by muscle strain or arthritis in the area of the lower back.
If you have lower back pain, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will take a medical history from you and perform an examination on your body to determine what is causing your pain. He or she may also recommend that you get treatment to improve any issues that are causing your pain and help strengthen your muscles so they do not cause injury when they contract.
Dr. James Dalfino of Connecticut Disc and Laser Therapy Centers treats lower back pain predominantly from disc degeneration with medical technology such as nonsurgical spinal decompression and deep tissue laser therapy. He says, “In my opinion, the weight of a modern life where sitting all day at a desk is common has caused this kind of back pain” Dr. Dalfino also states that his goal for these patients is to free them from any lower back strain or discomfort without surgery.
Should I take pain killers for my back pain?
Medications are highly dangerous. In fact, they can be deadly if you take them in high doses. If you have any kind of back pain or sciatica, then it is best to visit a doctor and discuss the problem with him/her. Painkillers are only meant for short-term relief of pain and should not be taken on a regular basis.
If you need any type of advice regarding your health issues, please feel free to contact Dr. James Dalfino.